The Forum will bring together leaders from governments, donors, international organizations, business and academia to foster trade action in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and inspire deeper collaborations and commitments in support of further LDC integration into global and regional trade.
2018 is a turning point for LDCs and trade, with a growing trade gap between developed nations and the world’s poorest countries and increasing instability in the world economy. The momentum we generate this year must lead to further integration of LDCs into trade at multiple scales into the future.  
At the Forum, leaders and practitioners from around the world will share what they have achieved on trade development in LDCs to date, with Aid for Trade complementing national initiatives, and will commit to doing more to ensure LDCs integrate and benefit from global trade. It will culminate in a call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality and to create a more inclusive trading system. 

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Wednesday, June 13


Forging new paths for LDCs in multilateral and regional trade / Ouvrir de nouvelles voies pour les PMA dans le commerce multilatéral et régional
Uncertainties among major global trading partners and in the international rules-based trading system are generating a sense of growing instability in the world economy. New technologies are changing the employment landscape at a pace never seen, and we are at the beginning of historic revolutions from agriculture to digital payments, among others, with the potential for profound impacts on LDCs. With countries interconnected at multiple levels, including trade, migration and the natural resources sectors, the situation for LDCs is uncertain and challenging.
 This plenary session will gather ministerial-level officials from LDCs and high-level speakers to discuss the integration of LDCs into regional and global trading systems amid economic and political risk and uncertainty. The session will focus on past, current, and likely future opportunities and challenges for strengthening the participation and presence of LDCs in global and regional trading systems. The discussion will include the different roles of stakeholder groups and partnerships, and the alliances required for LDCs to integrate and benefit more fully from global trade.  

Les incertitudes que l'on décèle chez les principaux partenaires commerciaux mondiaux et dans le système commercial international – fondé sur des règles – suscitent un sentiment d'instabilité croissante dans l'économie mondiale. Les nouvelles technologies font évoluer le marché de l'emploi à un rythme sans précédent, et nous sommes à l'aube de révolutions historiques – allant de l'agriculture aux paiements numériques – qui pourraient avoir de profondes répercussions sur les PMA. Les pays étant désormais interconnectés à de multiples niveaux (commerce, migration et ressources naturelles), la situation des PMA est incertaine et difficile.
Cette séance plénière réunira des responsables des PMA au niveau ministériel et des intervenants de haut niveau qui débattront de l'intégration des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux régionaux et mondiaux face aux risques et aléas économiques et politiques. La séance sera axée sur les opportunités et les défis passés, actuels et potentiels associés au renforcement de la participation et de la présence des PMA dans les systèmes commerciaux mondiaux et régionaux. Les débats porteront sur les rôles différents des groupes de parties prenantes et des partenariats, et sur les alliances à nouer pour que les PMA s'intègrent au commerce mondial et en tirent mieux parti.

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Sean Doherty

Head, International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum
Sean Doherty is head of International Trade & Investment and a member of the executive committee at the World Economic Forum. He leads the Forum’s work on digital trade, investment, global value chains, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Global Future Council on... Read More →

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Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
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Werikhe Michael Kafabusa

Minister of State for Trade, Uganda
Mr.Werikhe Michael Kafabusa was born in 1955 in Mbale District, Eastern Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree he obtained in 1979 from Makerere University, and a Masters of Arts in Physical Planning from the University of Nottingham, UK.Between 1980 and 1982... Read More →
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The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

Secretary-General, Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth.Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family... Read More →
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Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
H.E. Mrs. TEKRETH Kamrang is currently serving as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia. Her responsibilities include overseeing the work and outputs of the Department of International Cooperation and of the Administration and Finance Department. Prior to this... Read More →

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Joost Pauwelyn

Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). Joost specializes in international economic law, in particular... Read More →

Wednesday June 13, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room CR


The Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does it mean for LDCs? / L'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges: qu'est ce qu'il signifie pour les PMA?
In 2017, the global trading system achieved a major milestone when the first multilateral deal entered into force in the 21-year history of the World Trade Organization – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA is expected to reduce the time needed to import goods and to help new firms export for the first time. According to the WTO World Trade Report 2015, LDCs are likely to see an increase of up to 35% once the TFA is implemented. So far, 21 LDCs in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific have signed the TFA and are working towards implementation.
This session will bring together LDCs and trade facilitation experts to reflect on the necessary conditions to ensure the agreement's implementation and success, including technical assistance and capacity development support.

En 2017, le système commercial mondial a franchi un cap décisif lorsqu'est entré en vigueur le premier accord multilatéral depuis la création de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce il y a 21 ans – à savoir l'Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE). L'AFE devrait réduire les délais nécessaires à l'importation de marchandises et aider de nouvelles entreprises à exporter pour la première fois. Selon le Rapport sur le commerce mondial 2015 de l'OMC, les PMA devraient voir leur part atteindre jusqu'à 35% une fois l'AFE mis en œuvre. À ce jour, 21 PMA d'Afrique, d'Asie et du Pacifique ont signé l'AFE et travaillent à sa mise en œuvre.
 Cette séance réunira PMA et experts en facilitation des échanges qui réfléchiront aux conditions nécessaires à la mise en œuvre et au succès de l'Accord, y compris assistance technique et renforcement des capacités.

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Sheri Rosenow

Counsellor, World Trade Organization
Sheri Rosenow is a customs attorney and a counselor in the WTO Market Access Division. She has been involved in WTO trade facilitation since the negotiations began and is currently responsible for the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility. Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat... Read More →

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Lillian Bwalya

Director of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Mrs Lillian Saili Bwalya is the Director of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry – Zambia.She is responsible for activities related to the WTO including the implementation of measures under the Agreement on Trade Facilitation;She also oversees negotiations... Read More →
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Yann Duval

Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy... Read More →
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Richard Kamajugo

Senior Director Trade Environment, TradeMark East Africa
In his role as Senior Director, Trade environment at TradeMark East Africa, Richard Kamajugo's mandate focuses on improving trade systems, processes, legal and trade policy issues and reducing trade barriers in the East African Community EAC. He began his carrier at the Ministry of... Read More →
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Steven Pope

Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs Europe, DHL
Steven has been at DHL Express, Europe since 2011 where he is responsible for Customs regulatory Affairs, Trade Compliance and Trade Facilitation.Before joining DHL, Steven spent 26 in the Public Sector, working for HM Customs, HM Treasury and the IMF, working in areas such as, trade... Read More →

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Carlos Grau Tanner

Director General, Global Express Association
Carlos Grau Tanner is the Director General of the Global Express Association (GEA), which he joined in March 2010. GEA represents the three leading express delivery carriers (DHL Express, FedEx Express/TNT and UPS). In this capacity, he is involved in international policy issues in... Read More →

Wednesday June 13, 2018 14:15 - 15:45
Session room CR
Thursday, June 14


Acting strategically to scale up LDC trade integration in the Asia-Pacific / Agir stratégiquement pour intensifier l'intégration commerciale des PMA dans la région Asie Pacifique
Trade and investment has helped many countries in the Asia-Pacific region boost economic growth and lift millions out of poverty. Regional integration is growing at a quick pace, with regional value chains and production networks supported by regional trade agreements and economic partnerships.
This session will explore how to strengthen the presence of LDCs in regional trade using existing frameworks such as the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA), the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA), and the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA). Panellists will discuss what is needed from LDCs and trading partners in the region to enhance the role of LDCs in regional trade networks.

Commerce et investissement ont aidé de nombreux pays de la région Asie‑Pacifique à amplifier la croissance économique et à sortir des millions de personnes de la pauvreté. L'intégration régionale progresse rapidement, les chaînes de valeur et les réseaux de production régionaux étant soutenus par des accords commerciaux et des partenariats économiques régionaux.
Lors de cette séance, on réfléchira à la manière de renforcer la présence des PMA dans le commerce régional en utilisant les cadres existants tels que l'Accord commercial Asie‑Pacifique (APTA), la Zone de libre‑échange d'Asie du Sud (SAFTA), l'Accord de coopération commerciale et économique pour la région du Pacifique Sud (SPARTECA) et l'Accord commercial entre les pays insulaires du Pacifique (PICTA). Les intervenants débattront de ce que doivent faire les PMA et les partenaires commerciaux dans la région pour renforcer le rôle des PMA dans les réseaux commerciaux régionaux.

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Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF
Mr Ratnakar Adhikari has been the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization since October 2013.Prior to this assignment, Mr Adhikari was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based... Read More →

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Mere Falemaka

Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO
Currently, Ambassador, Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO, and Deputy Representative of Vanuatu to the WTO in Geneva since September 2013.   Formerly, Director of Trade and Investment/Economic Development at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat in Vanuatu (2009... Read More →
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Long Kemvichet

Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
Mr. LONG Kemvichet is currently serving as the Director of the Department of International Cooperation, which is a department dedicated to cooperating with development partners to support trade development in Cambodia. He has extensive experience with the EIF since the implementation... Read More →
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Pranav Kumar

Director and Head International trade policy, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Pranav Kumar holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from IIT Bombay. He has over 22 years of professional experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy with primary expertise on trade and development and regional economic integration. Since February 2012, he... Read More →
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Mia Mikic

Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Master in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Zagreb.Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in the Asia-Pacific... Read More →
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Tan Yee Woan

Ambassador, Singapore
Ms Tan Yee Woan is Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the WorldTrade Organisation and World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva, since August2014.Ms Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours II Upper), fromthe National University of Singapore in 1986... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room S3


Free trade in Africa: How can LDCs benefit? / Libre échange en Afrique: comment les PMA peuvent ils en tirer parti?
Africa currently has the lowest intra-regional trade in the world. Increasing trade between African countries offers great potential for building sustainable economic development and integration, including creating higher-wage jobs and unlocking greater business opportunities.
This session will take stock of past and current initiatives and agreements in Africa to promote regional integration and continental trade. With a particular focus on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the session will explore the opportunities and challenges for LDCs to benefit from growing continental trade in the future. It will focus on the trade policies, regulations, and institutions needed at national levels for LDCs to enhance the economies of scale, structural transformation, diversification, efficiency, and productivity boosts that continental trade would require.

L'Afrique est de tous les continents celui qui a le commerce intrarégional le moins développé. L'essor du commerce entre pays africains présente un fort potentiel pour l'instauration d'un développement et d'une intégration économiques durables, incluant la création d'emplois mieux rémunérés et la mise en valeur d'un fort potentiel commercial. Durant cette séance, on fera le point sur les initiatives et les accords passés et actuels en Afrique visant à promouvoir l'intégration régionale et le commerce à l'échelle du continent. En mettant l'accent plus particulièrement sur la zone de libre‑échange continentale (ZLEC), on examinera durant cette séance les possibilités qu'auront les PMA de bénéficier d'échanges continentaux croissants dans le futur, et on réfléchira aux défis à relever. On se penchera sur les politiques commerciales, les réglementations et les organismes qui sont nécessaires pour les PMA au niveau national afin d'amplifier les économies d'échelle, la transformation structurelle, la diversification, l'efficacité et la productivité qu'exige le commerce à l'échelle du continent.

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Judith Fessehaie

Trade and Development Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Judith Fessehaie is a Programme Manager and leads the ICTSD’s Trade and Development programme. Before joining ICTSD, Judith worked as a senior consultant at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), Johannesburg, in the area of industrial development... Read More →

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Kanayo Awani

Managing director, Intra Africa trade initiative AFREXIMBANK
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Joy Kategekwa

Head, UNCTAD regional office for Africa
Dr. Joy Kategekwa holds a Ph.D. in international trade law from the University of Berne’s World Trade Institute.  She has 15 years’ experience in trade negotiations, policy advisory and capacity building.  As Head of the UNCTAD Regional Office for Africa, she leads trade capacity... Read More →
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David Luke

African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
David Luke is Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa with the rank of a director at the Commission. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies... Read More →
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Michel Sebera

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr. Michel M. SEBERA, is married and was appointed The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda on 30th August 2017. Mr. SEBERA has served in Public Services in the past:Ministry of Finance and Economic... Read More →

Thursday June 14, 2018 10:45 - 12:15
Session room CR